eSwatini’s King Mswati III mentioned he had recovered from Covid-19 after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen despatched antiviral medicine to assist him.
The small southern African nation, an absolute monarchy previously often known as Swaziland, is Taiwan’s solely remaining diplomatic ally on the continent, and Taipei has supplied giant quantities of financial and different help.
In a speech on Friday, the king mentioned whereas the nation awaited the arrival of vaccines, there was an antiviral drug that might be used to deal with the sickness, which he didn’t identify.
He mentioned he had examined constructive “for a few days” within the first week of January, however was now detrimental.
“I’m grateful to the president of the Republic of China on Taiwan for sending via this medicine to deal with me,” he mentioned, utilizing the island’s formal identify within the speech posted on the eSwatini authorities’s official Twitter account.
Taiwan International Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou mentioned that upon listening to the king was contaminated, Tsai organized medical help for him.
“The Ministry of International Affairs is gratified to listen to of the eSwatini king’s profitable restoration underneath the joint care of Taiwanese and eSwatini medical employees,” she mentioned.
The king may have been referring to Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir, which was conditionally accredited in Europe in July for treating Covid-19 in adults and adolescents with pneumonia requiring oxygen help.
Taiwan additionally provisionally accredited its use final 12 months.
Utilizing the slogan “Taiwan will help,” the federal government has been eager to showcase its help to different nations through the pandemic, donating face masks and different provides.
China claims Taiwan as its personal territory with no proper to state-to-state ties. Solely 14 nations now formally recognise the island’s authorities.
eSwatini has recorded virtually 17 000 infections of the coronavirus and 644 Covid-19 deaths.
Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini died in a South African hospital in December after testing constructive for Covid-19.